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Michigan Spanish purveyors of food

Morgan & York--an Ann Arbor wine/gourmet shop--imports quite a bit from Spain. Zingerman's as well.

Jan 18, 2015
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Seldon Standard - Detroit

I second most of Elyssa's comments. At dinner last night, we also really enjoyed the polenta with tomato-porcini sauce.
Bread (while made in house) was not too exciting.
Service was excellent.
Skipped dessert as I was happily sated with the celery root agnolotti with short ribs ragu . . .

Dec 31, 2014
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Blimpy Burger (Ann Arbor) update

Figuring that a Monday 1 p.m. wouldn't turn into a long wait, my party of 3 returned to Blimpy Burgers. We waited an HOUR. There were plenty of tables, but things took forever at the grill. Thus the line moved slower than molasses. Inexcusable given that they opened 2 months ago.

The food was pretty good, but no reason to return. And certainly not "cheaper than food".

Dec 30, 2014
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Shatila...and the wonders it holds. [DTW area]

I'm a fan of the apricot ice cream.

Oct 26, 2014
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Ann Arbor Michigan

Consistently good Korean in a modest storefront setting: BeWon on Plymouth Rd. Alot of Korean diners there. Every meal starts with a complimentary spread of banchan.
On Main St, I've had many enjoyable meals at the Jolly Pumpkin.

Oct 13, 2014
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Ann Arbor Michigan

I loved Haifa Falafel for most of its existence. My last dinner there in late summer was a definite step down. Will go again, but worried.

Oct 13, 2014
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Low-Carb in Detroit

I'm a low-carber (Type 2 diabetic). I find that I can eat well at Lebanese places. I'm very happy with a chicken tawook or another grilled meat such as kefta, plus a big zesty fattoush (hold the pita chips).

Sep 15, 2014
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El Harissa Market Cafe (AA)

I feel like the prices went up significantly a few months after opening. Nothing against El Harissa, but I'm pretty in love with the neighboring Juicy Kitchen.

Aug 30, 2014
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Regional Mexican restaurants

Interesting thread! Chicago has alot of people from Jalisco, Zacatecas & Michoacan. Biria & carnitas are common in the neighborhoods. Be on the look out for gorditas (my favorites at the taqueria @Carniceria Aguascalientes, 3132 W 26th St).
Many people from Guerrero--land of pozole verde! Pozoleria San Juan (1523 N. Pulaski) has red, white AND green pozole.

Aug 03, 2014
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Monday Lunch in Pilsen

Along the lines of El Milagro, I suggest Casa del Pueblo (on Blue Island, half a block south of 18th). Very simple, order-at-the-steam-table. Tamales & an array of guisados (stews), soup, rice--very much the way my mother-in-law cooks in Mexico City. If there is tortas de camaron con nopales, try that!

Straight-up taqueria, I love Los Comales #2 (18th, just east of Ashland). Every table has jalapenos & other veg in escabeche. Order a side of cebollitas with your tacos, squeeze on the limes& enjoy with your tacos, tostadas, tortas etc.

Aug 03, 2014
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ammoglio . . . and Detroit?

Interesting indeed. Linguistics aside, I mightily enjoyed a recent stop at Alcamo's & many spoonfuls of the ammoglio in the days following.

Jun 24, 2014
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Best China (Canton MI)

Went Saturday evening. Small place--of the 8 tables, 7 occupied by immigrant Chinese. Alot of real-deal Chinese food on their menu.Service was rushed & my party didn't have enough time to order thoughtfully from the intriguing menu.
Many tables had ordered the roast duck, so we did too. Good. Will definitely be back though.

Jun 23, 2014
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Best China (Canton MI)

Any leads on best dishes @Best China in Canton? The (Chinese) menu looks great.

Jun 21, 2014
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Most robust coffee beans available in Detroit

Mighty Good (from Ann Arbor) is available packaged in many Detroit-area stores. They do excellent dark roast coffees, yet low on acidity.

Retailers: http://www.mightygoodcoffee.com/might...

Jun 10, 2014
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Detroit for 4th of July

The River Walk is very nice and seems to have plenty of people. You might enjoy a walking tour with preservationdetroit.org/ or a bike tour with Wheelhouse Detroit.

May 14, 2014
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Slurping Turtle--Ann Arbor

I met a friend for lunch. At 1 p.m., we waited 10 minutes for a table. Note most seating is at long counter-like shared table.
I was impressed w/ the unique fried Brussels sprouts hot starter. My mushroom-tofu whole wheat ramen dish was good: studded w/ asparagus, baby bok choy & grilled eggplant. My friend's pork ramen was amazing--lovely broth.
Overall, I would say ST does a better job than Tomukun. But busy/crowded--not for all diners.

May 14, 2014
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Weekend in Ann Arbor with a 2 year-old: suggestions?

Take your daughter on the train ride at Greenfield Village. Eat Lebanese ice cream at Shaatila (cool locale too--indoor palm trees).
When you go to Ann Arbor's Hands On Museum, you're 2 blocks from the best coffee: Might Good on Main St.
Another kid-friendly thing is AA's Leslie Science Center--which as a toddler friendly Critter Room. And that gets you near a great Korean fried chicken place: Seoul Street.
And then there's the Farmers Mkt (Saturday 7am-2 pm)--some reasonable snacking. Right by Zingermans Deli + Hands On + Mighty Good.

May 02, 2014
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Slurping Turtle--Ann Arbor

Should I be eating here? Given the locale, I'm especially looking for comparisons with Totoro, Tomukun etc.

Apr 28, 2014
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Jerusalem Garden in A2 moving, I don't know how to feel

Have you been to Haifa Falafel?

Apr 10, 2014
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Jerusalem Garden in A2 moving, I don't know how to feel

I simply don't understand all the love for Jerusalem Garden. This would be a tasty, cheap option in many college towns. But JG's version of Middle Eastern food is sub-par for southeastern Michigan.
That said, I get the reference to the loss of Drake's. Not unlike my nostalgia at the closing/move of Blimpy Burgers.

Apr 09, 2014
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Det/Mich Peruvian food

There are a few Andean (inspired at least) items on the menu at Lena in Ann Arbor. That said, I've never eaten there.

Mar 21, 2014
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Det/Mich Peruvian food

Ojala!

Mar 20, 2014
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Egg tofu in Washtenaw County/Detroit area?

Egg tofu comes in a tube--like a tiny torpedo. Should be readily available at Chinese markets in SE Michigan.
More info & a photo: http://www.vietworldkitchen.com/blog/...

Mar 09, 2014
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Veggie options in Detroit and etc...

Seva's is reopening its Ann Arbor location. This time on the westside--in the same strip mall as Zingerman's Roadhouse.

Feb 25, 2014
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Mario Batali opening restaurant in Ann Arbor?

And what up with that dumb Buzzfeed list about Ann Arbor as "The Best Food Town in All The Land"? Maybe if "the land" is Washtenaw County.

Feb 23, 2014
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Mario Batali opening restaurant in Ann Arbor?

Selo/Shevel closed a few months ago . . . prime spot for something.
God, I had a unbelievably bad meal at Argiero's last week. My first time there in 18 years; I guess I stayed away for a reason. I wouldn't say no to a Batali meal!

Feb 23, 2014
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Allegro - Tonite - Anyone? W. Bloomfield

Jealous. Would love to meet my chowhound "neighbors"!

Feb 15, 2014
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Tried Sidetrack Bar & Grill in Ypsilanti, MI...

True that. While I order on the light side, I never consider the bites from my BF's burger at the Sidetrack special. Bad? No. But not memorable. Not worth the hype. I stick to the chili (good, but nothing special), salad. and I can easily be convinced to share the fried mushrooms--these are a juicy, flavorful dish at the Sidetrack. Worth every calorie.
For a burger in Ypsi, the answer is simple: The Wurst Bar. The meat there is remarkable & topping options are unique. (Mr Peanut, The Southerner). The only problem at The Wurst Bar is that the sausage options tend to call out to me more. But, hell yeah, their hamburgers are very good.

Feb 15, 2014
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Mulefoot Gastro Pub--Imlay City, MI

Let's get the sled dogs & mush mush head up to Imlay City!

Jan 28, 2014
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Blimpy Burger (Ann Arbor) update

Some people measure their kid's growth with pencil marks on a doorframe. In my case it was how many BB patties he could eat. As a toddler, he started with a single. The BB promise of a tootsie-pop encouraged him to eat up. Over the years he made it to a quint. At 17, he's grown enough to know that's not so smart in the long run--he last had a quad.
I love this place--what can I say?

Jan 26, 2014
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